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Gunshots fired, death toll rises in tense Baghdad

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(4 Oct 2019) Iraqi medical and security officials say 10 more protesters have been killed in the capital, Baghdad, raising the death toll in four days of protests to 53.
The officials said nine people were killed Friday afternoon in Baghdad’s central area of Gailani, near Tahrir Square where the protests in the capital have been concentrated.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, added that one person was also killed in Baghdad’s southern neighbourhood of Zaafaraniya.
The figure raises to 11 the number of people killed in Baghdad on Friday.
The protests that began on Tuesday in Baghdad have spread to predominantly Shiite southern provinces.
The spontaneous rallies have been spurred mostly by youths wanting jobs, improved services such as electricity and water, and an end to corruption.

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